For many of us, the new year is an excellent time for ditching old habits and committing to better lifestyle choices for the future. With Australian cities experiencing record temperatures and increased evidence of climate change, one of the best resolutions you can make this year is to be kinder to the environment.
You can start doing this right now, in your own home. By making some small changes to your household routine, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and negative impact on our planet. Here are 5 easy ways to go green for the new year.
Switch to Chemical-Free Cleaners
If you’re thinking seriously about making a commitment to the environment this year, switching to chemical-free cleaning products is a good start. You’ll be reducing air pollution in your own home, as well as the planet, while minimising your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals and toxins.
An eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive – you can find affordable, high quality chemical-free cleaning products in your local supermarket. Look for plant-based natural products with recyclable packaging and a complete list of ingredients on their labels. Or why not make your own eco-friendly cleaning products?
If you regularly use the services of a professional cleaner for your home or office, be sure to continue your commitment by hiring an environmentally-friendly home cleaning service. Didn’t know such a thing existed? Well, they do! Green cleaners will only ever use eco-friendly, chemical-free products that are safe for your family and the environment.
Be Conscious of Your Water Usage
Did you know that roughly half of all household water that’s used is wasted? An estimated 50% of water goes down the drain, rather than being used in a thoughtful and conscious way. Be mindful about your water consumption, particularly in the kitchen and bathroom. Here are some simple steps to start taking in your home:
- Put a plastic tub in the sink and shower to save water that would otherwise be wasted
- Run your dishwasher only when it’s full – or not at all!
- Recycle grey water from your washing machine onto your garden
- Re-use the same water glass and tea cup throughout the day to reduce wastage and also washing up
Make Recycling an Everyday Habit
Recycling is another important step you can take towards living a greener lifestyle, helping to reduce the amount of landfill and greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. By making recycling a part of everyday life in your home, you can do your part for the environment, and also encouraging family members or flatmates to put more thought into the life cycle of common household items.
Why not start thinking about the recycling potential of products before you buy them? When recycling becomes a daily habit, you become more aware of packaging in general – meaning you can start to avoid purchasing products that are overpackaged in the first place, such as plastic-wrapped cheese sticks or individually wrapped fruit and veg. Having this mind-set will make you far more aware of the products that you are bringing into your home.
Like most things in life, going green isn’t as tough as you think – you can slowly make the switch to a more eco-friendly lifestyle by making small, easy changes over time. All it takes is a lot of little changes to make a really big difference for the world. So go ahead and do your part, starting today. After an entire year of green living these habits will become second nature – and you may also inspire others to do the same!
Author: Kerrie-Anne Chinn
Freelance Copywriter & Editor, working with ethical companies to create positive change.